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Date published: 2019-09-12
Originally published: Here. Excerpt below.

SpaceX’s rendering of the Super Heavy Starship launching.SpaceX
SpaceX is preparing to launch its Starship spacecraft into orbit, pending approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 
Teslarati reported that FCC applications submitted on September 9 reveal that SpaceX requested permission to authorize Starship suborbital test vehicle communications for SpaceX Mission 1569 from the Boca Chica launch pad. 
The test will include an Experimental launch, landing, and recovery of the Starship suborbital test vehicle. The vehicle will land about hundred or so feet from its launch site. 
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed the flight preparations in a tweet on Tuesday. 
Getting ready for flight of orbit-class Starship design
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 10, 2019
If approved, the test will take place at SpaceXs launch facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The application dates point to the possibility that the company could launch the Starship prototype, known as Starship Mk1, as soon as October 13. 
SpaceX is hoping for Starship Mk1 to reach an altitude of 22.5 km (13.98 miles). This height is a significant upgrade from SpaceXs Starhopper engine tests, which reached 150 meters (492 feet) during its August 27 launch. 
Starhopper is the prototype to Starship, which SpaceX hopes to be used as a commercial spacecraft that will be able to take off and land again, like an airplane. The hope is to have Starship ready for commercial flights by 2021. Musk has previously said that SpaceX hopes to land the Starship on the moon by that year, followed by a crewed mission a year or two later.
These tests are essential to perfecting the Starship rocket. Musks ultimate goal is to help set up a colony on Mars, bringing people on a trip to the moon, and even bring used for transcontinental travel. 
SpaceXs race to dominate the field of space travel also includes a partnership with NASA. In July, NASA announced the partnership with SpaceX to ...

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